Governance through Goal-Setting: A New Governance Challenge for Navigating Sustainability in the 21st Century

Kanie, Norichika, "Governance through Goal-Setting: A New Governance Challenge for Navigating Sustainability in the 21st Century" in The WSPC Reference on Natural Resources and Environmental Policy in the Era of Global Change (Vol. 2) (Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Company, 2016), 61-76.

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  • Author Kanie, Norichika
    Chapter Title Governance through Goal-Setting: A New Governance Challenge for Navigating Sustainability in the 21st Century
    Book Title The WSPC Reference on Natural Resources and Environmental Policy in the Era of Global Change (Vol. 2)
    Publication Date 2016-12
    Place of Publication Singapore
    Publisher World Scientific Publishing Company
    Start page 61
    End page 76
    Language eng
    Abstract This chapter examines goal-setting as a governance strategy, with a substantive focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the most ambitious attempt at goal-setting to date. Goal-oriented approaches have existed previously, but governance through goals has acquired greater importance under the conditions of the 21st century, when the Earth system has entered a new epoch called the Anthropocene. In the face of stagnating multilateral problem solving through international regulatory frameworks, a goal-oriented approach could be a bridgehead for solving global problems linked to the provision of public goods. This approach has the potential to help address the shortcomings of the existing international governance system, and to pave the way towards a sustainable future. The SDGs, still being finalized as this chapter is written, could serve to raise the level of ambition and fill the gap between the prevailing political pragmatism and the ambitions that many scientists argue are needed to satisfy the conditions required to secure a safe operating space for the Earth’s life-support systems.With a simple set of goals and associated targets and indicators, but without detailed implementation mechanisms, it will be possible to complement the SDGs with international legal mechanisms that are pragmatic and issue-specific.
    UNBIS Thesaurus SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    GOVERNANCE
    Keyword Anthropocene
    Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    Copyright Holder The Author
    Copyright Year 2016
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.1142/9789813208162_0003
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